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Ezekiel 19 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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A Funeral Song for Israel’s Kings
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 19:1 - “Sing this funeral song for the princes of Israel:
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 19:2 - “What is your mother?
A lioness among lions!
She lay down among the young lions
and reared her cubs.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 19:3 - She raised one of her cubs
to become a strong young lion.
He learned to hunt and devour prey,
and he became a man-eater.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 19:4 - Then the nations heard about him,
and he was trapped in their pit.
They led him away with hooks
to the land of Egypt.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 19:5 - “When the lioness saw
that her hopes for him were gone,
she took another of her cubs
and taught him to be a strong young lion.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 19:6 - He prowled among the other lions
and stood out among them in his strength.
He learned to hunt and devour prey,
and he, too, became a man-eater.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 19:7 - He demolished fortresses[fn]
and destroyed their towns and cities.
Their farms were desolated,
and their crops were destroyed.
The land and its people trembled in fear
when they heard him roar.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 19:8 - Then the armies of the nations attacked him,
surrounding him from every direction.
They threw a net over him
and captured him in their pit.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 19:9 - With hooks, they dragged him into a cage
and brought him before the king of Babylon.
They held him in captivity,
so his voice could never again be heard
on the mountains of Israel.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 19:10 - “Your mother was like a vine
planted by the water’s edge.
It had lush, green foliage
because of the abundant water.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 19:11 - Its branches became strong—
strong enough to be a ruler’s scepter.
It grew very tall,
towering above all others.
It stood out because of its height
and its many lush branches.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 19:12 - But the vine was uprooted in fury
and thrown down to the ground.
The desert wind dried up its fruit
and tore off its strong branches,
so that it withered
and was destroyed by fire.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 19:13 - Now the vine is transplanted to the wilderness,
where the ground is hard and dry.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 19:14 - A fire has burst out from its branches
and devoured its fruit.
Its remaining limbs are not
strong enough to be a ruler’s scepter. “This is a funeral song, and it will be used in a funeral.”
NLT Footnotes
As in Greek version; Hebrew reads He knew widows.

Holy Bible, New Living Translation copyright © 1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

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